Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool was only to blame for not maintaining their 100% record at home in the Premier League this season, as West Brom earned a valuable point at Anfield.
Semi Ajayi disallowed Sadio Mané’s first goal with a header in the 82nd minute and Sam Allardyce made four visits to Anfield unbeaten with four different clubs. “By the way, we were unlucky, we were very good,” said the new West Brom manager, whose team limited Liverpool to just two attempts on goal, including an 89-minute header from Roberto Firmino that brought a good save from Sam. Johnstone.
Liverpool, dominant in the first half, fell flat in the second and lost central defender Joël Matip with an adductor injury. Klopp said: “It feels like a loss, but we have one more point than before, so it’s completely fine in that regard.
“The problem we have is that West Brom deserved their point and that’s our fault. The first half was a really weird game with something like 90-100% possession for us and a system that I’m not sure I’ve seen very often before. It’s a huge challenge to stay on track and keep doing it, but we should have done it again. It is also a challenge for West Brom to defend as he did for 90 minutes.
“They had more situations at the beginning of the second half than in the entire first half. We could have fixed that with the correct runs and passes, but we didn’t. That’s why in the end it’s our fault and that’s why it’s 1-1 instead of 2-0 or 2-1. We have to accept that and we do. “
The extent of Matip’s injury is expected to be known on Monday, but Klopp fears the central defender will face another period on the sidelines. “Joël has felt something in his adductor,” he said. “That is obviously not good. I don’t know how serious he is, just serious enough that he had to leave the field. ”
Klopp added: “Guys are angrier at themselves than anyone else. They know it wasn’t perfect. We had quite a few situations but we didn’t make the right pass and it can happen in the Premier League. West Brom has a new coach, they played with a system that I haven’t seen much in my life, a four-six or whatever, and of course we could have played better. “
Allardyce told Sky Sports that he felt he had seen the desire on his side to fight for survival in the top flight. “I think the guys have shown a lot of determination, determination and organization, and team spirit in a very difficult place.
“I see that the players tell me that they really want to stay in this division. I haven’t been here long and I don’t know them very well, but I saw a lot of guts, a lot of determination and ultimately a lot of quality.
“It’s about staying in the game when you come here and not opening up too much and allowing Liverpool to pass quickly and win four or five to zero. We kept that boat tight for a long time and the resistance from the side gave us a chance to create more in the second half. “
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